Life Upside Down

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Before I Disappear


A heartfelt journey.

— Eric Kohn, Indiewire

Presented by IFC Films | United States | Nov 28th, 2014 | 93 MINS | NR

A troubled young man and his straight-laced niece embark on a thrilling odyssey through New York City in this heartrending drama based on an Oscar-winning short. As his life hits rock bottom, 20-something Richie (Shawn Christensen) decides to end it all—only to have his half-hearted suicide attempt interrupted by an urgent request from his sister (Emmy Rossum) to babysit her precocious daughter (Fatima Ptacek). So begins a madcap tour of Manhattan after dark, as uncle and niece find unexpected bonds in the unlikeliest of places. Ron Perlman co-stars in this hugely moving adaptation of up-and-coming director/star Christensen’s own 2013 Academy Award-winning short Curfew.


  • Shawn Christensen


  • Damon Russell
  • Lucan Toh
  • Shawn Christensen
  • Paul Wesley
  • Terry Leonard


  • Shawn Christensen